This blog is a space for us – and you – to comment on the news, share opinions and debate local government issues. You can comment on any of the posts below; if you would like to contribute a new post contact Jane Sankarayya.

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It’s all eyes on the metro mayor prize

May 27, 2016 by Janet Sillett

Suddenly our Westminster politicians seem very interested in the local jobs, writes Janet Sillett. Maybe these Johnny-come-latelys to the regional scene sense a shift in power, but they must prove their local chops if they want to be metro mayors.

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Viewpoint: Public involvement strengthens the devolution hand

May 23, 2016 by LGiU

The Centre for Public Scrutiny has just launched a new paper on the stages that local areas will have to go through in agreeing and implementing a devolution deals which also highlights the need for greater public involvement, writes Ed Hammond.


It was the Queen’s Speech but the volume was turned way down

May 19, 2016 by Janet Sillett

Does the Queen’s Speech determine what will be happening in parliament over the next session? Asks Janet Sillett. Well obviously it does up to a point but it is clear that it has been heavily influenced by the EU referendum.

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The Parkrun furore and the battle for parks

May 13, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

Stoke Gifford Parish Council courted controversy recently with its decision to charge Parkrun participants a fee to cover the costs of repairing pathways. Jennifer Glover sees more difficult decisions ahead for councils when considering how to keep their parks and open spaces viable in the future.

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We’re out for the count: the full run down on the elections

May 5, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s polling day at last. Coverage We’re covering the local elections on our live blog here.  We’re pretty much always the first and the fastest with elections results, we’ll be with you through tonight and tomorrow with results and analysis. Crowdsourcing returns We’re also doing something a little different this…


State of the race memo

May 3, 2016 by Jonathan Carr-West

As we enter the final stretch before voters head to the polls on May 5th, LGiU chief executive Jonathan Carr-West brings you a state of the race memo examining the key issues facing the electorate.


Viewpoint: Millions sweep complaints under the carpet

April 29, 2016 by LGiU

Consumer Rights have been thrown into the spotlight in the last year more than ever before, but there are still significant gaps in the public’s knowledge when it comes to how to complain, writes Lewis Shand Smith, Chief Ombudsman at Ombudsman Services.

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